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LGiU Fortnightly 13th September – Brexit planning for councils

September 13, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

As the 31st October approaches, councils across the country are preparing for a no-deal Brexit scenario – with very little guidance and minimal resources. As a major import centre for animal feed and pharmaceuticals, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, tells us about his concerns for managing increased…


Wellbeing for councillors: keeping safe and happy this autumn

September 6, 2019 by Isla Whateley

As a busy autumn approaches with party conferences and a potential General Election on the horizon, politicians are under more scrutiny in the public eye than usual. Both the media and the general public are paying more attention to what MPs and councillors are doing, and this can have an…


LGiU Fortnightly 30th August – Community action…in action

August 30, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

A thriving community is what everyone in local government aspires to create and that’s exactly what Ingrid found in the beautiful Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. Hear about the community orchard run by Transition Llandrindod, the life of a Town Crier, the Victorian Festival and how to run a community cafe. We…


Viewpoint: Building the smarter state

August 29, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Programme – Local Public Services at TechUK writes about the Building the Smarter State Conference – free for the public sector to attend. TechUK and LGiU have also partnered on a series of roundtables on children’s services and technology. We are looking for additional public sector…


HCLG Committee finance report informed by LGiU recommendations

August 21, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Through LGiU’s engagement with the HCLG Select Committee’s recent inquiry into the future of local government finance, we are delighted that the priorities and opinions of our local authority members have been reflected in the Committee’s recommendations to Government. Council funding has been a major focus of LGiU’s policy work…


Oxford’s citizens’ assembly on climate change

August 16, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, spoke to LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler recently for the LGiU Fortnightly episode on climate emergency in local government. To provide a little bit more information about the citizens’ assembly, Oxford City Council has provided a FAQ: When did Oxford declare a Climate Emergency?…


LGiU Fortnightly 16th August – Climate emergency in local government

August 16, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, we ask a couple of them what this really means for the way they work. Cllr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Environment in Norwich City Council, [12:30] describes their approach to integrating environmental with social and economic outcomes, and Cllr Susan Brown,…


Show us some LocalGov love selfie style

August 15, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s #CityHallSelfie day in the USA. Our friends at ELGL – Engaging Local Government Leaders – run an annual event celebrating local government love. Celebrated by those beyond the immediate local government family, #CityHallSelfie day is a way for people to show a bit of civic pride. Kirsten Wyatt of…


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Viewpoint: Councils fighting for decent work

August 12, 2019 by LGiU

Marcus Johns, researcher at IPPR North, discusses their recent work with northern local authorities to encourage high quality jobs for residents – and what other councils can learn from their experiences. Local authorities can help fight the enduring, severe job quality crisis we are facing. This crisis is characterised by…


Award-winner’s corner: Shane Hebb

August 12, 2019 by Alice Buszard

Finance and Transformation – Cllr Shane Hebb Cllr Shane Hebb of Thurrock Council recounts his experience of winning the Finance and Transformation award at LGiU’s Cllr Awards  2018 last November. Plus we hear about the important financial and cultural work he has carried out within his council role. What is…